Derek Hough has his own "Superstition" about winning team dances on Dancing With the Stars — and whatever he’s doing is working! Derek and Kellie Pickler’s disco-themed Team Samba not only won over Team Paso, it elevated all of its members far up the Season 16, Week 6 leaderboard.
That one team dance pushed Zendaya from first to third, and left Victor Ortiz way at the bottom, on his own. It’s not looking good for the boxer ... then again, we’ve predicted his demise for three weeks now, so maybe that’s his superstition. As long as we believe he’s leaving, he’ll stick around. But ... we think this week could be the end. Still, what better way to go out, for whoever goes home tomorrow, than after the fun of Stevie Wonder Night? Every song was great, even if they weren’t all performed by Stevie himself.
The judges ran a little hot and cold with the couples but, aside from poor Victor, there was a lot of improvement across the board. Those team dances certainly helped to almost level the playing field. The top three are still the usual top three, but lookie at #4 — it’s a tie between Sean Lowe and Ingo Rademacher, with Jacoby Jones down below them. Finally — some surprises on Season 16! Could this mark a turning point?
Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stand after Week 6.
Kellie & Derek — 29 (individual dance) + 25 (team dance) = 54
Aly & Mark — 27 + 25 = 52
Zendaya & Val — 29 + 22 = 51
Ingo & Kym — 24 + 22 = 46
Sean & Peta — 21 + 25 = 46
Jacoby & Karina — 23 + 22 = 45
Andy & Sharna — 18 + 25 = 43
Victor & Lindsay — 18 + 22 = 40
Read on for a full recap of the Week 6 action:
Opening performance: From Stevie himself, as the pros danced (choreographed by Sasha Farber). He started with “All I Do,” then Hunter Hayes joined in for “I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It.” Tom Bergeron said they were thrilled to have Stevie Wonder in the house, because if he didn’t show up for Stevie Wonder Night it would be awkward. Ha! Who else should have his or her own night? Then again, it would be better if Stevie could actually sing all the songs on his own night, instead of just popping up every so often to sing live. But making him do more than eight abbreviated versions of his songs ... yeah, that might be asking a lot.
1. Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Cha-Cha-Cha to “Do I Do” — Val is expecting a lot from her, which is good since she’s already looking like a pro. Then again, it’s hard to show improvement when you start so high. Her black, gold and silver Cha-Cha dress is amazing. She should demand to keep that. They have such great musicality and move so well together.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said to ask him for one word to sum up great dancing. “Zendaya.” It was sharp and full of snap, crackle and pop. There was a little part where she walked around Val where he wanted more straightening of the legs. Bruno Tonioli said it was “gob-smacking gorgeous” with mesmerizing shapes, and her hypnotic presence. She can Cha-Cha him anytime she wants. Carrie Ann Inaba said it’s always hard to go first, but Zendaya blew her away. It was perfection in motion. She felt sorry for everyone who had to follow her.
SCORES: 10 (Carrie Ann), 9 (Len), 10 (Bruno) = 29 out of 30. Wow! They meant it about starting the show on a high note. Usually the first dance of the night has a lower score.
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2. Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess — Samba to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” — They are focusing on technicalities to try and raise their scores. Andy is taking this very seriously. They know he’s gotten away with a lot just based on his personality. Love the postal service theme, with Andy singing along. He definitely seems comfortable out there, which is still something some of the other celebs struggle with. They are great entertainers, but no one is ever going to confuse his technique with Zendaya’s, that’s for sure.
JUDGES: Bruno said it was a personality-driven splendid shamble of a Samba. He needs a return address in the envelope since it didn’t quite make it to Brazil. There wasn’t enough Samba in there. Carrie Ann said Andy is in her heart for so many reasons, but she had to look up the dance he was doing since the moves weren’t really in there. She needs him to dance outwards instead of so vertical. Len didn’t agree. He wanted Andy to do what he does — go out and give them fun. Don’t get carried away, since it wasn’t that good technically, but. “If the others have climbed hills, you’ve climbed mountains.” That’s nice, but Len should provide some constructive criticism. At least Carrie Ann did that.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30. Wah! Same as last week. The Dick got pickled!
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3. Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd — Samba to “I Wish” — They had to miss a day of rehearsals due to Sean’s schedule. Sean was having trouble picking up the dance. Love Peta’s album over at the start of the dance. And she kisses him. They have no problem feeding any chemistry rumors! Sean is the ultimate shirtless Bachelor but in that blue suit, with that spray tan, and his awkward moves? He’s pretty to look at but ... not feeling it. He tries so hard, but he just doesn’t have the natural dance talent.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said that was the most bounce she’s seen in a long time. He has to learn to listen to the music. He’s so good and motivated, but he doesn’t match the music. He has a lot of potential, but “get an iPod.” Len said he needs to set his sights a bit higher if all he wants to do is beat Andy. (Dang, Len. Harsh!) The bounce action, his legs are like a huge spring. He was just collapsing, collapsing, collapsing. It was riddled with mistakes, he kept getting on the wrong foot, he had no hip action, his upper body had no musicality. “Listen, it’s not terrible...” Len also didn’t like how the guys take their shirts off in the Samba. He even insulted the booing! Bruno’s contribution: “Sean, look at the bright side, you can always get a job as a stripper.” Ha! He tried hard and had plenty of Samba steps but he’s like a lumberjack, he has to lighten up and listen to the music.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Not too bad, considering the harsh comments.
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4. Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas — Foxtrot to “Isn’t She Lovely” — Aly is dedicating this dance to Boston, since she’s from Beantown and she was supposed to be at the Boston Marathon this year. You can see her musicality in the dance — as opposed to Sean, sorry — and Mark always manages to make even the classy, sophisticated dances quirky and fun.
JUDGES: Len said the technique could’ve had improvement. Her bottom stuck out which didn’t help her frame. Len liked a couple of little moves Mark put in. It was a real foxy Foxtrot, she just had to work a little on technique. Bruno said she’s pretty as a picture and consistent. He thinks her technique is good. But they’ve told her before, it’s the frame that lets her down sometimes.She has to lift up. She has a butt! Give her a break. Most of the girls on the show don’t. Carrie Ann said she brought out her beautiful Bostonian elegance. She’s kind of an understated performer but she’s heading toward perfection.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Wow, the scores don’t seem to be matching the comments this week. The judges didn’t seem to love this one, but gave it high scores.
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5. Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson — Tango to "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" — Ingo is also trying to take down Andy. It’s true - they’re all aiming for David instead of Goliath. Not that Andy is even on a David level. He’s like David’s nerdy-cute younger brother or something. Kym looks RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING in her outfit this week. Um, 10s just for her bod. This song feels like it’s better for a Cha-Cha than a Tango, but they do their best. He does have the right frame and posture for a dance like this. Good, if not great. It’s his birthday!
JUDGES: Bruno said Ingo can turn it on when he wants to. Look at all that animal magnetism. And he holds it together. He had a couple of foot-faults but overall that’s the way to do it. Carrie Ann danced for him and said that was great. She could tell he likes the Tango. His lines were strict. “Finally, welcome to the game!” Len said, “Bingo, Ingo!” He came out, it was sharp,it was crisp, it was full on. This is a dance that suits him. He was still a bit rough here and there, though.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. Their highest score so far. His birthday wish is to make it to Week 7!
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6. Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough — Quickstep to “Part-Time Lover” — This week, Derek messed up a couple of times in rehearsals and it made Kellie happy. They are aiming for 10s, since Zendaya has already had a couple. The rivalry is on! Another great wig for Kellie. Now this song is perfect for Quickstep. They make this look so easy. So fast, sharp and confident. When do we get a side-by-side challenge between Kellie and Zendaya?
JUDGES: Carrie Ann called Kellie a little Chia Pet with her hair. She had perfect posture, perfect lines, perfect synchronicity, perfect interpretation, perfect everything except for some space in their hold? It bugged her eyeballs. Huh. Len said, for him, this was the best dance he’s seen this season so far. Len said it’s impossible for a couple to dance at that speed with that intensity and not occasionally lose contact in the body. Fight! Fight! Bruno stood up and said even the professionals at times, once you get the impetus of the dance, they sometimes lose it too. This was sumptuous, it was traditional, it was exciting. “Superb!”
SCORES: 9, 10, 10 = 29 out of 30. From Len, a 10! Their first 10s of the season.
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7. Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold — Rumba to “I Just Called to Say I Love You” — Victor has never danced romantically with a girl that he loved/liked. It’s hard for him to get into the headspace of this romantic Rumba, since a girl just broke his heart. Dance with the next girl, man! They’re really struggling on this. Victor is trying, but ... DWTS is definitely a tougher fit for him than anyone left on the show, since he’s not quite the entertainer Andy is.
JUDGES: Len said they’ve had some great boxers on DWTS and Victor has gone more rounds through this competition than any of them. Dance doesn’t come easy but he comes out with the attitude of a boxer. This is a tough dance for him and he coped well. Well done. See, this is what Len goes. He comforts the afflicted (like Victor and Andy) and afflicts the comfortable (like ... Sean?) Bruno said it looked sometimes like an airline safety drill. His hips were stuck on neutral and then he lost his steps. Everything has to come from the middle and flow through the middle in Rumba. It’s tough for men to do and he’s not the first one to fail (yikes). Carrie Ann said there was no hip action, which is the star movement of the dance, but he has a sparkle in his eye when he dances with Lindsay.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30. Yikes. So now he has the lowest score of the week, so far, tied with Andy. That’s a bad sign.
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8. Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff — Quickstep to “For Once in My Life” — Jacoby has some footwork issues so they worked on that this week. He said he can’t make his feet turn out. We’ll see! They do a good chunk of their dance in an audience aisle. Can the judges even see them over there? Not loving Karina’s bright yellow dress. They’re always fun to watch, but this isn’t one of their best. It’s not bad, but they’ve had better.
JUDGES: Bruno said they were so fast at the start he got whiplash trying to look at them. His energy is amazing. His frame and footwork could be better, but Bruno enjoyed it. Carrie Ann said his feet are a little funky but he surprises her every time. He brings new elements in. She liked the frame and disagreed with Bruno. Len said it was like a Beatles medley, from “Please, Please Me” to “Help.” (Oh, Len.) This is a dance that doesn’t 100 percent suit him. (Did Jacoby’s mom scream at Len from the audience? Ha!) Have to agree with Len on this one.
SCORES: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30.
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ROUND 2 — TEAM DANCES
Team Paso, “Higher Ground”
Zendaya & Val
Jacoby & Karina
Ingo & Kym
Victor & Lindsay
During practice, Zendaya felt like the adult with a bunch of kids. Victor felt like he was the weakest leak in practice. The boys are all shirtless for the Samba. They start with the “weakest” and end with the strongest (captain Z). It’s good. Not exactly Team Gangnam Style from All-Stars, but good. (We’ll never be sorry for loving that dance!)
JUDGES: Len said it was a spirited effort. The group part was pretty tight. Bruno said it was like watching an episode of Wrestlemania. But they have to be careful on the sync, especially in the beginning and the end. They needed more refinement. Thank heaven for the girls. Carrie Ann said Zendaya was trying so hard to be the glue to hold them together. It was too sloppy and a mess, she said, but Val high-fived everyone and said they killed it.
SCORES: 7, 8, 7 = 22 out of 30.
Team Samba, "Superstition"
Kellie & Derek
Andy & Sharna
Sean & Peta
Aly & Mark
Derek said every team he’s been part of has won, but this has been tough to get together. They have a ‘70s disco theme. LOVE the costumes. This is how you top shirtless. All the guys should keep these looks. This dance looks and feels better. It just has a better flow and it even manages to cover up the weaker spots pretty well. Clear winner. Sorry Team Paso!
JUDGES: Bruno said it was like a reunion of the cast of Boogie Nights. The boys lost some timing but the girls killed it. So much fun. Carrie Ann thought they all killed it. They worked completely as a group with flow and unity. It was a fantastic number. len said they came out and had fun. It was a pleasure to watch. It was tight and together.
SCORES: 8, 9, 8 = 25 out of 30.
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